During the past few years Royal Flora has shifted focus from digitalization of the huge logistical operations in Aalsmeer towards creating of a new communication approach reaching out to consumers. Design-thinking is part of an overall strategy of renewal called ‘Let it Grow’. The intensive cooperation between Royal Flora Holland and Vandejong Creative carries the most exemplary case to reward for Best Client Award.
Transformation is becoming a sub-discipline developing it's own criteria within the architectural practice, acknowledged by the appointment of Jan Diederen as professor Transformation at Eindhoven Polytechnic University. Renovating factories and adapting industrial structures such as Strijp S or Lichtgebouw and a growing number of other examples all over Holland, remains only the visible part of the problem. The building of a community requires extra skills on a social level as shown in DeFlat Kleiburg, an apartment block in De Bijlmer, near Amsterdam. According to the jurors report ‘it's the first to succeed, genuinely improving the quality of life of the block’s residents and the community.’ The encouraging example 'DeFlat Kleiburg' by NL Architects and XVW architectuur was rewarded the Future Award. Because they also won the Habitat category, they are 2017 big winners.